Nigeria - Savannah Sugar Rehabilitation Project (SSRP)

Project Summary

Approval Date 23 Sep 1991
Signature Date 04 Nov 1992
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2000
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2001
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 32161
Commitment U.A 52,046,979.43
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Savannah Sugar Rehabilitation Project (SSRP) is a high priority in the development programme undertaken by the Federal Government of Nigeria (GFN). The project aims to increase the production of refined white sugar from around 20,000 tonnes to 51,000 tonnes per year and molasses from 9,000 tonnes to 2,200 tonnes per year from the 1997/1998 season onwards. This will reduce the level of imports and thus allow foreign exchange savings. The expected results of the project are (i) the rehabilitation and development of irrigated plantations from 5670 to 6800 ha, (ii) the rehabilitation of the factory with an extension of its sugar cane crushing capacity from 1500 to 4000 TJ (iii) the supply of agricultural machinery and other industrial parts and equipment, (iv) the construction and/or rehabilitation of housing, administrative, social and transport infrastructure for the sugar complex. Cultivation and irrigation practices will be improved to increase sugarcane yields.

Project Objectives

The objective of the project is to increase the production of refined sugar and molasses, in particular through the renovation of the factory and the renovation and extension of the irrigation system, combined with complementary actions to improve agricultural activities. At the sectoral level, the project should contribute to increasing agricultural GDP and saving foreign exchange.


The project is expected to provide about 5,000 jobs and thereby improve the lives of 26,000 families of workers, managers, planters and seasonal workers in the communities surrounding the plant. Its impact on sugar imports is expected to benefit government finances and consumers in general.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
African Development Fund
Government Of Nigeria
SAVANNAH Sugar Company LTD


IATI identifier 46002-P-NG-AAG-001
Last Update 24 Sep 2022


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Geographic Location

Country Nigeria